Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m., when we will continue our special coverage on COVID-19. Our host, Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Puja Nambiar, Infectious Disease Specialist and Assistant Professor at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport along with Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health.

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Airs Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8 p.m. Tune in this Thursday for Health Matters. Dr. Joseph Bocchini, infectious disease physician with Willis-Knighton Health System, will update us on COVID-19. Dr. Randall Brewer will be our host, and Dr. Shelley Visconte will join to talk about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting mental health.

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Airs Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. Plastic surgery can be elective for cosmetic purposes or necessary after illness. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by plastic surgeons Dr. Forrest Wall and Dr. Paige Bundrick to talk about corrective and aesthetic procedures and facial reconstruction. This is a repeat broadcast and no phone calls will be taken tonight.

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Airs Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. February is Heart Health Month. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Randall Brewer will talk about conditions of the heart with Dr. Ralph Baucum III, cardiologist with Advanced Cardiology Specialists; Jarrod Mitchell, Cardiac Rehab Coordinator with Willis-Knighton Health System; and Julie Hartley, Registered Dietitian with Willis-Knighton Health System. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 6 p.m Perhaps you made resolutions for the new year but need help getting to your goals. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Shelley Visconte, will be joined by Angie Pellerin and Kendal Redel, LPCs with LSUS Counseling Services, and counseling intern Angela Coulter to talk about “Happy and Healthy Goals in 2020."

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Repeat Broadcast - Airs Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. Romantic relationships can be wonderful, rocky or outright broken. So how do we have healthy and happy relationships? Tune in For Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Marriage and Family Therapists Dr. Kelly Tyner and Howie Brownell to give us some strategies and advice. This is a repeat broadcast and no calls will be taken.

Fading Minds: Why there's still no cure for Alzheimer's
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Airs Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 6 p.m. In the late 1970s, the newly formed National Institute on Aging redefined senility as a disease – specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. They said that with enough support they could find a cure, but after 40 years and billions of dollars, there is still no treatment.

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Airs Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Our host, Dr. Sanford Katz, will be joined by Dr. Caroline Caperton, allergist and immunologist with Willis-Knighton Health System, and Dr. Kamal Masri, pulmonologist and critical care physician , with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about diseases which affect the lungs. Questions will be taken a 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. Hepatitis C is now a possibly curable disease with advancements in treatment. We will talk about this and other liver diseases on Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Raymond Coghlan, Clinical Associate Professor of Infectious Disease at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. Hrishikesh Samant, Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at LSU Health Shreveport and Site Director of Hepatology at John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center. Calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. The holiday season is a time when it can be difficult to make healthy eating choices. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will be joined by Julie Hartley, wellness dietitian and health coach with Willis-Knighton Health System, and Libby Burkhalter, fitness expert and owner of Libbfit, to give us tips to help navigate the Thanksgiving and Christmas buffets and to achieve fitness goals throughout the busy season. Calls will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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